IN THE HOUSE
The most anticipated electronic music event of the year is back for its 16th incarnation. Ultra Music Festival, arguably the largest electronic-dance music festival in North America (in terms of attendees), will take place in Miami’s own Bayfront Park March 27-29.
With a reputation for top-notch production along with the most sought-after artists in the dance music sphere, it comes to no surprise the Ultra team has diversified their performing talent by including a plethora of extremely notable non-traditional EDM producers. Performances by Odesza, Clean Bandit, Chromeo, Goldroom, Kiesza, ASTR, Die Antwoord and live performances by Porter Robinson, RAC and Netsky will play side-by-side to traditional electronic DJs at the other six surrounding stages.
With an highly anticipated sophomore album still in the works, exclusive additions to his Puma endorsed 'Patent Pack' kicks series, and a barrage of heavy-hitting musical guest appearances— it's clear that Meek Mill is definitely "on his Makaveli."
Now, fresh off of his Welcome Back concert, which went down in his Philadelphia hometown this past weekend, Meek Mill gears up to hit DC's Echostage on Friday.
Partygoers, get ready to turn up on another 'level' with the MMG Dreamchaser as the 'I Don't Know' emcee brings his rambunctiously energetic style and unyielding entertaining ardor straight to you, thanks to the great folks over at KO Events.
Missed out on Ms. Hill's performance at B.B. King's Bar & Grill on Friday? It's alright, grab your next chance see Lady Hill perform selections from her classic 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, live MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 LP (2002) and other hot singles at City Winery this Wednesday.
Noted for her extraordinary performances both live and recorded, the multi-Grammy-Award winning artist has touched the hearts of many with her stay-true-to-yourself mantra, heard on hits including 'That Thing (Doo Wop),' & 'Lost Ones.' Judging from excellent reception garnered over the years, we predict that the Wednesday's performance will be no less than extraordinary.
Day one of BUKU Music + Art Project set the bar high for festival attendees, but wait till you hear about day two.
Taking place in New Orleans’s very own Mardi Gras World, over 50 artists performed over the two-day span of the festival. After experiencing an incredible first day on the river, it was hard to believe Saturday would come close to matching up. Yet, with a diverse lineup ranging from underground beat-connoisseurs like Hudson Mohawake and ILoveMakonnen to idolized DJ’s such as Bassnectar and Porter Robinson, fans could’ve easily spent the day between stages as every group put on a headline-worthy performance. Make sure to check out Joonbug's full review of BUKU Day 1.
The Opium Group has never disappointed when it comes to delivering great talent to locals and visitors alike. That said, looking at their WMC schedule is like looking at a marathon obstacle course - there are so many must-see artists stacked across the city that the hardest part is finding the energy (and funds) to hit all of the parties - or worse, choose between them.
Nevertheless, the one show that merits priority selection is Armin van Buuren & Friends. Taking place on the night of Wednesday, March 25 at Mansion, the show will feature the Armada mogul himself as he takes the stage with some surprise "friends." Music fans (trance or otherwise) would do well not to miss the master at work - especially amidst the dazzling display of Mansion's renown light system and the ever-present fanfare of its infamous confetti canons. Grab tickets here.
When opportunity comes-a-knocking, it's best to let it in. So when Action Bronson comes to NYC to celebrate the debut of his sophomore LP at Terminal 5, don't pass up the chance to celebrate with him as he plays the venue for two days in a row.
Starting Tuesday, March 24th, the Vice/Atlantic Records emcee also known as Bronsolini will be in the house to kick off the first night of his Mr. Wonderful Tour.
Since 2011, the Queens-bred chef-turned-rapper whose similarity - in stylistic flow - to Ghostface Killah first captured the attention of listeners, has gone on to captivate mainstream hip-hop audiences with his vivid, bluesy rhyme schemes and unyielding creativity.
It's not even Miami Music Week yet but Club Space has already secured a talent lineup that makes it feel like WMC has come early. This past Saturday, Miami-native (and deep house/techno god) Maceo Plex made his debut at the legendary venue in Downtown Miami and laid waste to the dance floor. During a set that took us well past dawn, the maestro explored a wide and varied musical spectrum. He started off with slower, more melodic techno, weaving a spell of sound over the audience.
It wasn't long before the Terrace room was full to capacity, and Maceo took the opportunity to dive deep into a darker and more aggressive beat-driven sound. Not quite deep house and not quite pure techno, his set tip-toed a line between dark and heavy, and soulful and ethereal. True to his style, though, the focus always came back to dazzline melodies and surging bass lines.
Are you craving for good hip hop? Live? Then you've come to the right place for guidance. This Friday, the good people over at Hip Hop Livs & 93.9 WKYS presents Kool G Rap and Brand Nubian at The Howard Theatre.
As one of the main staples of golden age rap music, Kool G Rap is noted as the pioneer of Mafioso themed/hardcore hip hop and the multi-syllable rhyme scheme, which laid the blueprint for succeeding rappers including his protégé Nas, Biggie Smalls, Eminem, Jay Z and, many more. The Queens native has even been credited by MTV as a "Godfather of hip-hop" that "paved the way for many emcees who would have not been heard of otherwise." G Rap isn't recognized as just a pioneer and superb lyricist, but also a great entertainer who captivated audiences with his compelling storytelling.
Hearing a Damaged Goods tune drop in a big room club is always an out-of-body experience - and if you call that an exaggeration, you've clearly never experienced that triplet bass on a major sound system first-hand. You wouldn't expect anything less from the artist - considered one of the most interesting and eccentric characters in nightlife - who's been tweaking the recipe for over half a decade and testing it out on some of the most competitive stages in the world.
He couldn't have started the year off with more of a bang. His recent remix of A-Trak's hit "Push" brings all the intensity and energy that Damaged Goods has become known for...and then it kicks it up a few notches. A collaboration with fellow Miami-producer Cosmo, the remix is loaded with hard-hitting bass lines inserted at all the right moments. Unexpectedly, the groove of the original is left intact, creating a unique and infectious fusion of funky and fierce. It's already earned praised from A-Trak, and has been receiving heavy play in big rooms around the country, but that's no big surprise with a track that came from Damaged Goods.
Ever since artists Matt Caseli and Terry Lex released their own rendition of Underworld's "Born Slippy" .Nuxx edit, it seems remixes of the classic can't seem to stop cropping up. One artist who has managed to set himself apart from the crowd, however, is Miami born-and-bred resident ES.P. In his rendition, the young talent offers fans a fresh new take on the dance floor favorite that manages to preserve the integrity of the original while still blending in a unique bass-meets-tropical twist.
ES.P's edit is soft, mellow and teasingly lush, incorporating earthy tribal percussion in the intro and gradually developing into an unexpected trap-inspired breakdown. His beat construction takes center stage in this tune, but is kept in check throughout by Underworld frontman Karl Hyde's haunting and ethereal vocals.